Where do we find this insect?
The African migratory locust originates from Africa. It is, together with the red migratory locust and the pilgrim locust, one of the three migratory locust species. In Western Africa, it is an important pest for cereals, especially during the rainy season! Western Africa! It is harvested by the rural populations during attacks on cereal. The locusts are then sold as a snack in cities and neighbouring countries. We can thus find bags of fried locusts in most shops of Burkina Faso!
African migratory locust
The migratory locust is considered as an invasive and devastating species in Africa. Breeding is therefore not done, although local populations love them. In Western countries there is an interest in breeding the migratory locust. Some companies already breed them as livestock feed, and even for human consumption, like Kreka (Netherlands). The migratory locust is sometimes sold as a grasshopper while it is actually a locust (which is a different species). Optimal rearing conditions are a temperature of around 30°C and a low humidity, imitating the Sahelian climate. Water supply should however not be neglected since migratory locusts thrive during the rainy season in their natural environment! Locust species feed on young wheat sprouts and annual meadow grass, a weed that is often found in pastures. Please contact us for more information concerning the breeding of migratory locusts.
Taste and texture
The migratory locust is quite big, between 4 and 6 cm long! When grilled or fried, the cuticle gives a crunchy texture but the spines behind their legs can get stuck in the throat. To be honest it is not the best texture we have tried, but the taste is quite pleasant!
The migratory locust if very rich in proteins and it contains a lot of healthy fats such as omega3, omega6 and omega9.
Nutritional composition of dried migratory locusts
|of which unsaturated fatty acids (omega 3, 6, 9)||25 %|
Source: Kreca Ento-Food BV
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